When it comes to Valentine’s you either love it or hate it, and if you are going to love it – you might as well go big or go home. To be honest, there is nothing better than a romantic getaway to faraway sun-drenched shores…
Where to go? What to do? So far you only know who you are going with – one out of three is a pretty good start. Now, here is a roundup of five romantic destinations ideal for a Valentine’s getaway (or for a romantic getaway any other time of the year)…
The sugary beaches of Mexico are reason enough to choose this splendid country as a base for your romantic getaway. However, there is so much more to Mexico that makes it the ideal destination this Valentine’s. Indulge in a chocolate massage, visit ancient Chichén Itzá, and spoil your loved one with a delicious dinner under the stars. At night, sample all the best Cancun’s nightlife has to offer or simply chill out in a bar with a Margarita in hand. Plus, February is in the midst of the dry season here, meaning now is ideal time to visit if you want to soak up the sunrays!
What else? Visiting Tulum is a must as it boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – sugary white sands that seem to never end meet sapphire blue waters. If paradise is on earth, then we are pretty sure we’ve found it – surely, there isn’t a better place to spend Valentine’s at?
Secrets The Vine Cancun is a perfect option for your stay in Mexico. A 5-star adult-only hotel means you’ll have all the peace, quiet and comforts for a romantic holiday. Surrounded by the azure waters of the Laguna Nichupte and boasting three sparkling infinity pools, as well as an outdoor Jacuzzi, the hotel invites you to relax as a royalty. Plus, you can indulge in tequila tasting or traditional cigar rolling lessons – what more could you ask for?
If Mexico is too far away you can always opt for something a bit closer – yet, deliciously gorgeous. Cyprus can easily satisfy all your romantic yearnings with its gorgeous sunsets, the lovely promenade in Larnaca and the soft beaches of Ayia Napa! No matter the time of year you can always count on delicious Cypriot food, gorgeous surroundings and endless beaches inviting you to have a long walk hand in hand with your Valentine!
After all, according to Greek mythology it was here, in Petra tou Romiou, where Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, emerged from the waves to begin her life in Cyprus. A place worthy of a goddess, the island will stun you with its natural beauty and relaxing ambiance: perfect for a weekend away with your loved one.
Cyprus sounds great but where should you stay? Ideal for couples after a pleasant holiday on this gorgeous island, the 4-star Constantinou Bros Athena Beach Hotel in Paphos offers luxury, tranquillity and a range of great facilities. Only a short walking distance from the picturesque harbour and with three gorgeous freshwater swimming pools, this is just the base for a romantic getaway!
Splendid Malta offers both endless golden beaches and stunning towns making it ideal for couples who want a bit of both. Even though February in Malta is chillier than other times of the year (average temperatures of 13°C), it is still a great time to visit. You can go to one of those famous beaches even if just to savour the gorgeous panoramic views and to enjoy a stroll along the golden shores. However, a Valentine’s weekend in Malta means you can explore picturesque Valletta, indulge in some top-class shopping and sample the dining scene here – a weekend like that will be hard to match!
Stay in 5-star Intercontinental Hotel Malta in St Julian’s and enjoy top services, very convenient location and a thoroughly relaxing atmosphere! Or opt for our current favourite, Solana Hotel and Spa near gorgeous Mellieha and make the most of its indulging wellness centre, fab a la carte restaurant and stunning location.
Back on the continent, Portugal is a lovely short haul destination perfect for Valentine’s – you can just hop on the plane and be there in a bit more than two hours! Convenience aside, what makes Portugal an ideal romantic destination is its delicious cuisine, fascinating culture and stunning towns. Head to the Algarve in February and enjoy the serenity as there are no tourist crowds or noisy children – instead you get some peace and quiet ideal for a romantic weekend away.
Truth is, Portugal is the quintessential romantic destination. From the charm of its medieval castles to its picturesque villages and stunning ocean views, this is the ideal place to fall in love all over again. Enjoy a candlelit dinner, savour the sunset reflecting over the restless Atlantic or the crystal Med, and sip on some delicious local wine. Valentine’s getaway? Portugal, please.
Stay at the Monte Santo Resort in Carvoeiro, Algarve, and enjoy some luxurious 5-star services, comfy accommodation and an impressive range of pools! Relaxing here is made extremely easy, so if you want a fuss-free yet memorable Valentine’s, this might just be the place to be!
Finally, you can go all out and opt for Dubai this Valentine’s Day! In February weather is pleasantly mild with temperatures staying in the mid-20s, so you can enjoy the Golden City without any danger of a heat stroke! Sample that world-famous shopping scene as you start from the traditional souks and end at one of the massive malls, offering everything from a variety of shops to plenty of fun activities (including skiing).
A romantic Valentine’s getaway will not be complete without a delicious dinner. It’s in Dubai where you are truly spoilt for choice of fine places to wine and dine in, offering almost all the cuisines of the world. Spend your nights in one of the lavishing nightclubs, party the night away on a rooftop or simply relax with a shisha. Make your romantic getaway all the more exotic and take your partner on a camel ride through the dessert – in Dubai, your possibilities are endless.
If you are after a luxurious Valentine’s getaway then Dubai can yet again spoil you for choice. From the legendary Atlantis the Palm to the gorgeous Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah – you can hardly go wrong here! Choose your perfect accommodation, book it fast and relax on a romantic getaway that will be hard to forget…